We are dog-sitting for my parent's golden retriever Autumn while they spend a few days in Paducah going through Grandpa's things and handling the details that come with the passing of a loved one.
Butch is always super excited about visits from Autumn--they are bffs and both get excited by the mere mention of the other's name.
enjoying the finer things in life...aka licking the baking bowls
partner's in crime
Kitty & Autumn hate each other. Since we have had Kitty, visits from Autumn have meant that he hides in a room or leaves the house and refuses to come home b/c she is so big and scary to him.
this is the typical reaction
kitty is NOT a fan.
Until today that is.
Lately Kitty has been especially lovey and attached to me, which can be annoying when he wants to follow me into the bathroom, but is mostly just sweet. So today when Autumn showed up and was jumping around with joy and greeting me I expected Kitty to bolt. Instead, he went into full-on attack, hissing and brandishing those scary claws. I scooped him up and took him into the bedroom w/me for a nap since I had woken up at 3:30. He had cuddled up next to me but we could hear Autumn whining to get into the room which I had blocked off with a laundry basket. Next thing I know, I hear all these animal feet scrambling around on the floor and Autumn screaming in pain. I separated the pets and thought nothing of it.
I put Kitty on top of the kitchen table, then sat down on an ottoman to pet Butch & Autumn & check for scratches. Autumn started to get excited and try to put her paws on my shoulders, and the next thing I know, Kitty has bolted across the room and attacked Autumn again! Then Butch jumps up next to me and he goes after her too!
I spent about 30 minutes trying to sit calmly petting Autumn and Butch and telling Kitty that they are "good dogs" and "friends" and showing him that I was fine. I have to speak very calmly and quietly or he thinks they are a threat to me and goes into attack mode. I feel really bad for Autumn, she is slinking behind me or hiding out of Kitty's view, and he has taken to sitting on any nearby table so that he has the upper hand, giving Autumn the stink eye if she starts to get too hyper. It's quite the change of attitude between the pets, but I gotta say that I'm feeling pretty loved by my little Kitty friend. Just gotta make sure to protect the pups.